It has been an extremely quiet household this week, after a very busy visit from my 19 year old niece last weekend. I pretty much slept for three days straight following her visit as I allowed my broken body to dictate what it needed. I am becoming more mindful of the gap between what I ‘want’ to do and what I am ‘capable’ of doing as a result of living with Chronic Pain due to significant pelvic nerve damage. I am learning to listen to my body rather than my brain, as my brain always tends to keep pushing my body to its limits, even if in pain, striving for an appearance of perfection. There has been a strong history of my mind and body refusing to cooperate or collaborate as one, with more of a tug-of-war between the two.
I have slowly learnt, following a serious car accident and then a chronic illness, that there is a definitive gap between what my mind and body will succumb too and I have had to make the required changes to accommodate more of a balanced existence. There appears to be a a major gap between what my mind and my body feel is a appropriate level of activity. My mind wants to do more then my body will permit, which if pushed requires additional medication. As a result, my mind is undoubtedly effected by numerous pain medications, which if not consumed results in out of control, chronic pain. I have been researching neuro-plasticity just for personal interest and recently read an extremely interesting article posted by Chronic Pain Australia on Facebook, which discusses the link between chronic pain, the mind and the body. This article is a great read that goes into detail between the body and mind pain connection and somewhat backs up my personal theory of fighting the brain messages of pain. There have been countless biographies written about people who have fought back from horrific injuries to go on and win marathons, and have other life successes. The question now in many pain investigations and research is “can the brain messages be ‘re-wired/re-trained’ to alter the message of existing pain?” With chronic pain numbers growing world wide, this path of research is displaying a growing trend and hopefully will continue into the future.
I still have much to learn in order to reduce the gap between mind and body so that the pain signals become more balanced. I am involved in meditation classes and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and if positive thinking can heal hopefully I can somehow rewire my pain receptors. Your thoughts, research and theories regarding the gap between brain messages and bodily responses to pain would be sincerely appreciated by myself and many others I am sure, both professionally and from personal perspectives. Please feel free to comment and add your own personal stories, research findings or related topics that may be of interest.
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